The apartment search can sometimes feel like a page ripped from a fairytale — think Goldilocks, not Cinderella. You’ll find a beautiful apartment with everything you love, but it’s not in your budget, and then you’ll tour an apartment that would give you a little extra cash each month, and it doesn’t check any of your boxes. Hopefully, you’ll land somewhere right in the middle: an apartment you can comfortably afford with all the extras that make a space feel like home.
That’s what Hunter found when he first toured Common at Parco in National City, “I wanted to find a place that was in my budget but allowed me to live a little. I’m still young!” With this in mind, the all-inclusive coliving units, community events, and friendly staff were a perfect fit for him. Keep reading to learn more about Hunter and his experience at Common at Parco.
Tell us a bit about yourself!
I’m 22 and have been living in California for half my life. My dad is retired military so we moved around a lot. We finally settled in Temecula, California in 2008, about an hour from San Diego. I work for ZipCar. It’s a good job but it is stressful. I enjoy it though!
How did you find your apartment at Common?
I took a job down in San Diego and was still living in Temecula at the time. The drive to work was getting to be too long but I also always wanted to live in San Diego. I would tour apartments in Downtown San Diego and it was so expensive. A studio apartment was almost $3,000 — which I couldn’t afford. So I started looking on Google for apartments I could afford that were all-inclusive, but they were charging almost $3,000 for a room that didn’t even look good.
When I finally saw Parco I was like, Hold the phone! Holy S**t — this building looks new and the amenities are amazing, so I signed up for a tour. Then I met Leslie Sanchez, who used to be in leasing but is now the assistant manager. Right off the bat she had good energy, good vibes, and is an all around great person. I didn’t do an in-person tour but she gave me a virtual tour. She showed me the coliving apartments, but they didn’t have what I was looking for just yet so she put me on the waitlist. Throughout the time I was on the waitlist, she was very communicative with tours. One day at work she called me and said there’s an apartment available now. The process was fast, I applied and got the lease back to sign the same day!
What’s been your favorite part about living at Common?
Krystal and Leslie have been amazing. I feel like for an apartment building where people are my age and a little older, everyone feels safe and welcome.
What’s the biggest difference between living at Common and living anywhere else?
When I was touring other apartments, they have their own events but it was only once every three months. The events you have are amazing. I’ve made so many friends — my phone is blowing up. I’m having car troubles right now and one of my friends offered to pick me up.
Living at Common…the people who work there, who run the company, are also very nice and always very positive and happy.
What’s your favorite amenity at Common at Parco?
The 8th floor fire pit. You get the amazing view of Downtown San Diego, the ocean. I love going to the lounge too: you just go up there and cook, listen to music, and have fun with friends.
Is there anything else you want to share about your experience?
Not only do I feel safe at Common at Parco but I feel good about being in the building. I like it a lot. All my friends are amazing. The staff is amazing. If we ever have a problem, they fix it. It’s a really good environment. I’m around really good people.
Dream celebrity roommate: Lee Jung-Suk
Favorite local spot: Market on 8th
Fill in the blank: You can never have enough “Beach” when living in National City
Ideal Friday night in National City: Drinking and cooking with friends on the 8th floor enjoying the views while we play Cards Against Humanity
Join the fun!
If you’re interested in learning more about what it’s like to live at Common at Parco, head to our website. Rent for a coliving suite starts at $1,431/month, and includes furniture, utilities, WiFi, household essentials, and access to Common at Parco’s beautiful amenities and built-in community. If you’re looking to live solo, furnished studios start at $1,728/month. Happy apartment hunting!